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Season Kicks Off With Young Guns

January 28, 2010

By Illiniharnessracing


Young guns came out firing when the 2010 season kicked off on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park. The thirty year old and younger club managed to win ten out of eleven races carded on the opening night. That’s an incredible feat, considering that ten years ago the older guys would have not given the younger guys a chance. Guys like Dave Magee, Tony Morgan, Dale Hiteman, and others would take turns winning race after race, but that was then and this is now. Now Tyler Buter, Marcus Miller, Josh Sutton and other young guys seem to be the ones doing all the winning now a days. Of course when season veterans like Mike Oosting, Todd Warren and Sam Widger are around they still manage to win there fair share of races. 


Wednesday started with both Buter and Miller winning the first four races; Buter guided home Abrell’s Johnathan for Kim Johnson and Escape Trouble for Perry Smith in races one and three. Miller steered home both Jitterbug Jack and Bring The Rain in races two and four for trainers Stanley Miller and Mike Brown in that order.   


In race five, another young gun that needs to be recognized--Trace Tetrick took the honors to meet with the camera man when he guided home Fox Valley Rival for newly Illinois Hall Of Fame inductee Joel Smith. Josh Sutton managed to get home first with the Erin Elliott trained Notorious Bigslick in race six, over half of the programmed racing card had been raced and the young guys were taking the older guys to school.


Finally in race seven Sam Widger was able to get the seasoned veterans on the score card when he was able to get up in time with the Ore Miller trained Strawberry Scopp. Unfortunately that win would be the only win for the season veterans club.


The final four races all went to the young guns, in race eight Marcus guided home Aj’s Delight for Jim Durante III to get his triple. Buter went nearly gate to wire in race nine with the Perry Smith charge Mike Lanigan to get his triple and giving his go to guy a training double on the night. Throughout the night it seemed that Buter and Miller were out there competing against each other to see who could out do the other one, and in race ten Miller out did Buter by getting his grand slam when he guided home Little Mischevious for longtime favorite local conditioner Bob Phillips. Rollin Smolin ended the Wednesday night racing when he crossed the finish line first in race eleven with the Frank Moseley trained Moneyline.          


Last week when I was browsing thru facebook; one of my friends happens to be friends with Marcus Miller--on Marcus’s wall it read “qualified today can’t wait to start racing next week”.  I’ll say he couldn’t wait but neither did some of the other young guns when the season kicked off.

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